A great way to learn how science works

Bonus! Come to 2+ meetings this semester and get a SciNight T-shirt


What is It?

The SciNight Journal Club is an open forum in which students and faculty can meet to informally discuss primary scientific research articles.

During the Spring 2018 semester, the journal club will meet on Thursdays at 7:30pm on the West Charleston Campus in room H301-J. Campus map.


Format and Categories

Each week the article to be discussed will be posted on this website below. Download the article, read it, and come ready to discuss what you have learned with your fellow students and various faculty.

The articles will come from different disciplines within the sciences to address a variety of research interests here at CSN. The general topics each week will be:


First Thursday of Each Month


Second Thursday of Each Month

physical science
Physical Sciences

Third Thursday of Each Month

Educational or Guest

Fourth Thursday of Each Month

Upcoming Journal Articles

March 22

Life has been present on earth for at least 3.5 billion years. For most of this time, it consisted of single-celled organisms or simple colonies of cells. However, about 500 million years ago, life rapidly diversified into far more complex forms. What happened? We'll look at a new hypothesis that goes against some conventional wisdom. It even has something to say about cancerous tumors.

Refined control of cell stemness allowed animal evolution in the oxic realm

This supplemental material may help to understand the paper, especially pages 4-6, and pages 11-12.

Supplemental Information

A Look Ahead

April 5

One Book One Campus is presenting the virologist, Dr. Rosenthal from Roseman University. His talk "Henrietta Lacks- It's a Wonderful Life: What if Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells had never been?"

This talk will be on the North Las Vegas campus S110 at 6 P.M.

April 26

Dr. Harold Nations will present findings from his recent sabbatical. Location will be the Charleston campus but room is TBD

Past Articles

March 15

Is a common food additive making us sick?

Trehalose and Clostridium difficile

Here's another link that summarizes the research. Good place to start!

Has a sucrose alternative contributed to the C. difficile epidemic?

March 8

A new potential cancer treatment involves using the patient's own cells to grow a "mini organ" to see how well it and hopefully the patient's cancer will respond to treatment

Patient-derived organoids model treatment response of metastatic gastrointestinal cancers

March 1

Dark matter, antimatter, radioactive neutrons, elementary particles, and fundamental forces.

Search for the Neutron Decay "n decays to X+gamma", where X is a dark matter particle.

February 22

Can participating in undergraduate research help student success?

Importance of Undergraduate Research for Minority Persistence and Achievement in Biology

February 15

What's the weather like on the closest planet outside our Solar system?

We're finding thousands of planets around other stars. Life may require continents, and continents influence the weather. The most common sort of planet we're finding are tidally-locked; one face is always in daylight, the other in darkness. Where do continents end up on such worlds, and how do they affect the weather? Can we expect such worlds to be hospitable to life?


February 8

Some fragrance companies want you to believe there are pheromones that attract the opposite sex by smell alone. Do human pheromones exist? What research has been done to determine this? Is it good science? What research needs to be done to be convincing?

The search for human pheromones: the lost decades and the necessity of returning to first principles

February 1

Designing viruses to kill dangerous bacteria!

Engineering Modular Viral Scaffolds for Targeted Bacterial Population Editing

January 25

Student sometimes only use "retrieval" to retrieve information on a test. Should you be using this technique much more often in your studying for better long term retention? This article says yes

The Critical Importance of Retrieval for Learning

January 18th - First week of school

No SciNight will meet this week. Settle into classes and get ready for our next article to discuss

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